I don't like the whole notion of 'Golden Era'. Even with that in mind, i wouldn't consider the early Bond films to fit into it. After all, even in the books, Bond is a 'modernist' rather than a traditional gentleman: this is a man whose underwear is made from man-made fabrics (yuck!). As for discussions about who made the best Bond, or who should have played him, my vote is that the role should have gone to Stanley Baker: Baker was an actor i could have believed as a hard-hearted killer. Here's a link to my blog on the subject of who should have been cast if Casino Royale had been made in the mid-fifties.